Event held to showcase innovation

Chief nurse Dr Karen Dunderdale (left) presents guest speaker Tracey Shewan, deputy director of nursing for NHS England North Midlands with deputy chief nurse Tara Filby.
Chief nurse Dr Karen Dunderdale (left) presents guest speaker Tracey Shewan, deputy director of nursing for NHS England North Midlands with deputy chief nurse Tara Filby.

A celebration of innovative, patient-focused care has been held to praise dedicated staff who have gone the extra mile to deliver services.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Best Practice Day was held this week on the birthday of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day – to share good practice and ideas and celebrate.

Around 100 nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants and allied health professionals gathered at Broughton’s Forest Pines Hotel for their annual showcase event.

The aim of the event was to highlight the dedication and innovation of nursing staff across North, North East Lincolnshire and the East Riding. The guest speaker at this year’s event was Tracey Shewan, deputy director of nursing for NHS England – North Midlands.

Staff, from the Trust’s three hospitals and community services were invited to submit abstracts for either a verbal presentation or a poster presentation on the day of the event.

Among the projects used as examples of good practice were: a unique approach to pressure ulcer care; the creation of a nurse-led bone marrow biopsy clinic; one year on with the home health care team; the role of the new stroke responders; advances in the speech and language service for people with adult learning difficulties; children’s nurse-led constipation service; integrated working; spiritual care in early pregnancy loss.

Interactive workshops were also held at the event including one to highlight pressure ulcer care within the Trust, ongoing work in dementia care and the Calderdale framework which is a workforce development tool that sets out a seven-step approach to service redesign.

Dr Karen Dunderdale, chief nurse/deputy chief executive at the Trust, said: “The event has once again proved to be incredibly inspirational. It gave us a great chance to stand up and shout about what we do, why we joined the caring profession and why we continue to work tirelessly for our patients.

“The event allowed us to share some excellent examples of good practice which people can take back to their own areas and share with their colleagues. The event made me feel extremely proud of all of the hard work and innovation that is going on within the Trust.”

She added: “The day also showed us that it is often the small things that make a difference.”

One of the delegates Sarah Garton, patch team leader in community nursing, said: “I have learned a lot from today that I will be able to take back to my area of work especially around dementia care and pressure ulcers.”

Staff nurse Becky Hindmarsh, who works in the discharge lounge at Scunthorpe hospital, said: “It has been a fabulous day. I feel energised to go back to my department and share the learning from the day so we can continue to make improvements for our patients.”